OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE

Greetings,

As the last days of summer rapidly approach our days on the lake are coming to a close.  I feel myself desperately trying to hang on to the last vestiges of summer. Where did the time go?

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It is hard to believe that this coming weekend is the Labor Day Holiday, which for us marks the end of our season on Lake Arrowhead. Memorial Day to Labor Day, that is the window of time that mother nature gives us to enjoy our lovely lake.

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When Memorial Day approaches there is a palpable excitement in the community. Our winding mountain road becomes congested with folks pulling boats on trailers, everyone anxious to launch them in time to enjoy the first long weekend of the new summer season.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

But by the same token there is a marked change in the air as Labor Day approaches.  The wind begins to whistle through the trees and there is the slightest chill in the air. These are the unmistakable signs that fall is approaching. This time of year everyone, it seems, is trying to make the most of their final days on the lake, and we are no exception.

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Knowing that Sunday would be one of our last days to enjoy our dock, I packed a picnic of chicken salad sandwiches…

Chicken Sandwiches | Picnic on Lake Arrowhead | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

fruit salad…

Fruit Salad for a Picnic on Lake Arrowhead | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

and some freshly baked lemon cookies and we headed off to the lake.

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Because soon this wooded pathway would be covered in fallen leaves, and eventually in snow.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

And before long the sun will hang lower in the sky, and the shadows will grow deeper.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

The next time I walk this path to our dock I’ll likely be wearing a heavy sweater, bundled up against the approaching winter.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

I’m going to miss seeing my son enjoying the dock with his friends.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

and I’m going to miss my friends coming to call, side-tying their boats alongside ours.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

Soon it will be too cold to swim in the lake…

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

or cruise past the pretty lakefront homes.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

So Brad and I, along with our dog Charlie, spent Sunday on the lake.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

Because it won’t be long before the resident geese fly south for the winter…

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

and the Yacht Club where our son worked for the summer will shut its doors, bidding farewell to another summer season on Lake Arrowhead.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

The resort will stow its lounge chairs, cabanas and umbrellas and the beach will soon be empty.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

The Water Ski School, a fixture on Lake Arrowhead for decades, will close…

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

and students will have to wait for next year to brush up on their water skiing skills.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

Ladies in vintage woodies will have taken their final spin around the 14 miles of shoreline…

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

and the Arrowhead Queen will be the only boat still plying the waters, entertaining tourists with fascinating facts about our well loved lake.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

It will be far too cold for kayaks, canoes…

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

or kids to be on our lake.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

It will not be long before people scurry to remove their boats from the lake before winter sets in.  Soon the docks will be empty…

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

and instead we will enjoy them from afar…

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

looking forward to our next summer on the lake.

OUR DAYS ON THE LAKE ARE COMING TO A CLOSE | Lake Arrowhead | After Orange County | A Lifestyle Blog from 5,000 feet

But it’s not quite over yet.  I am hosting one final Labor Day dinner on the dock Friday night and look forward to sharing it with you.

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Comments

  • This so reminds me of my childhood growing up on a lake in the midwest! Our lake days (if there was water) at Lake Nacimiento can extend until the end of October easily. Not this year!!

  • afterorangecounty

    I used to go to Lake Nacimiento as a child. I believe it’s at a lower elevation than Lake Arrowhead and thus enjoys a longer season. I know what you mean about “if there is water”. I hope this winter brings lots of it!

  • Kathy B.

    I discovered your blog a couple of months ago and love it! We live on Lake Tulloch in Northern Californian – about a half hour from Sonora. Arrowhead looks beautiful! My husband and I are amazed that we didn’t know anything about it. Lake Tulloch is at a much lower elevation so our season is longer and we’ve only had snow once but, otherwise, our escapades are similar to yours. You can see our lake pictures on our family blog: kathyanddavebayly@blogspot.com – scroll over to Labels for “lake”. Our son just had his engagement photos taken there. Anyway, love your blog and the vacation posts too – we’re originally east coasters so we enjoyed that.

  • afterorangecounty

    Hi Kathy. Nice to meet you and thanks so much for following me! I am happy to hear you like my blog and appreciate your comment very much! I will have to take a look at your family blog. And, by the way, I have never heard of your lake but love Sonora! Sounds like a terrific area, wine and lake, a good combination!